Posted in Cooking experiment, Family matters, Married Life

Cooking for someone you love- Our 7th year Wedding Anniversary

How did i missed to post our simple  seventh wedding anniversary. This year we decided to have a quiet dinner at home and opt out of the expensive supper date . And for me there really is nothing more romantic than cooking a wonderful dinner for the person you love. Someone once told me a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. 

I cooked Spinach Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiana and Ham and Cheese Roll.          Part of cooking a romantic anniversary dinner is not spending the evening in the kitchen away from your loved one. So i didn’t bother to bake sweets for dessert.After all, this was MY anniversary too and didn’t want to spend the day baking away.  

An evening of delicious food and great company made this a romantic anniversary dinner at home.

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Posted in Family matters, Holidays, Married Life

Happy Father’s Day Super DAD..

“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.”

-Christopher Reeve

We literally  have a super hero in our life. We call him as Super Dad!!

He’s the most incredible, powerful, strong and loving superhero.

Doesn’t really matter to us that he doesn’t know how to fly or you he’s not made of steel but his always been there to save the day! 

 To the coolest dad who always find time to his family despite his hectic schedule. Happy Father’s Day!!

We love you so much daddy!! Thank you for loving us unconditionally.. 

XOXO, 

Mommy R,Little A and Baby Wiggle

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Posted in Family matters, Holidays, Married Life, Our little man, Parenting style, Weekend escapades

The day I almost die…

is when I saw my son locked inside our car HELPLESS AND ALONE!!

I don’t know if I have to share this post or not. Im having a second thought. Of course I am afraid that people will judge us as parents or you might throw tomatoes on our face or since I can’t see you in person tataasan nio ko ng kikay while reading this.
But I guess, sometimes in life we learn from our experience, yun nga lang most of the times we learned it in a hard way.

It took me a while to convinced myself that maybe from this experience other parents may benefit.

Bago pa kayo mag isip kung anong nangyari, let me first thank Abu Dhabi Police, Our kabayan (sila kuya na di ko nakuha ung names) and the other guys na ibang lahi who are very helpful to us. Thank you so much for comforting us and for lending your helping hand to us.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the kwento na!

As you know we celebrated Raquiza’s birthday at Yas Waterworld. Syempre before umuwi picture-picture muna since we don’t have group pics and for souvenir purpose na din. While the girls are having fun, hubby decided that he and little A will go ahead na sa car and we’ll just follow na lang.

After 10 minutes we followed na din. While I was walking palapit sa car, I saw hubby knocking on the door and talking to little A. I thought they were just playing peekaboo..since my son likes playing. But when hubby told me that the car was locked and little A was inside nagulat ako and natakot ako. I saw my son helplessly reaching the lock and trying his best to follow daddy’s instruction. I was in panic but hubby said na kalma lang daw..

At the back of my mind I don’t know how will I stay calm knowing that my son was stuck on his car seat alone. I tried my very best to talk to him and assure him that we are just outside and trying our best to open the car.

After 5 minutes there were kabayan na lumapit and asking us what happen. When we told them the story that my son was trapped inside the car, they told me that I could call 999 for help.

I called 999 right away and informed them our situation. The officer then told me to call 800- 2000. With my trembling hands I quickly dialed the number and to my dismay I’m not getting any response. I called 999 again and told the officer that no one is picking up the phone and that if he can help us. I was sobbing and begging him to send us help.

He asked our exact location and after few minutes I received a call from the police informing me that they are on their way. On the other hand while waiting for the police to arrive hubby, kabayans and the ibang lahi are trying their best to open the door. Binaklas-baklas na nila ung window ng car and even look for something like hammer para mapukpuk na ung window. Incase you’re wondering what happen to the little boy we continued to talk to him and destruct him para di sia mainip. I can see that he’s desperately trying to reach the key in the front but he cant. He’s already sweating by this time. And I was praying hard that all the angels in heaven cover him with protection. I was praying that God send the police na.

After 5 minutes of waiting I heard the sound of police car. I can’t even count how many mobile cars came basta all I can remember is that upon seeing the police I sobbed na. I was crying and thanking them for their quick response.

The next thing I knew is that we were talking to little A and instructing him to cover his eyes dahil babasagin na ung window ng car. I feel so relieved when I saw hubby’s hand trying reach the lock of the car. Sa sobrang bilis ng pangyayari ang naalala ko na lang is hugging my son and asking him if he’s ok.

In which he replied na “im ok but where’s my lollipop”. O my goodness with all the drama happen he’s still thinking of the loliipop that I promised to him.

When he came down to the car there were police officers who assisted us going to the ambulance. Since super dami nag paparazzi that time they need to cover us from people. Naku eksena talaga sa pelikula..I swear!! I am still in a deep shock but they need to check little A’s condition. They checked his heartbeat and blood pressure. They also asked question to little A if he has any wound at eto ang sagot nia taas-taas ang kamay ” see no blood, I told you I don’t have wounds”..I am very much happy to see him in his usual kakulitan it erased my fear that it may cause trauma to him. After making sure that everything is fine with him they allowed us to go down na sa ambulance. I was really nervous na baka me press. Di pa ko handang makita ang family ko sa Gulf News..hehe

After makababa ng ambulance I saw my husband talking to the police officer, I asked Raquiza to looked after little A and I just want to make sure that hubby and I is not in trouble. I am so afraid that they might put us in jail. I asked the officer what’s going on and what is the document that hubby needs to sign. It’s Arabic kasi kaya di ko maintindihan. They said that nothing to worry that’s only for their report.

At the back I can see that the other policemen were so aliw with little A who keeps on dancing and singing Gangnam Style.

After signing the report,thanking the police officers and the people who helped us,we went back to our car but one civilian who happen to be CID starting to question us again. He introduced himself us CID nga. Hubby narrated the story again that he’ s putting little A to the car seat when little A started to play the key. The CID officer talked to the other policemen and instructed them to send us to Khalifa Police Station for further investigation.

It took us 30 minutes to drive all the way Yas Island to Khalifa. I instructed Ann and Raquiza to look for little A while me and hubby went inside the police headquarter. They instructed us to wait for a while on the lounge.

After 15 minutes, they called us and told us to talked to the commanding officer. When I looked up saw the signage “Criminal Investigation Unit”. Parang gusto ko ng mahimatay sa takot but our faith keep us strong.

The CO asked questions again and even took hubby’s license and ID. He told us to narrate the story again. He said that the next time it will happen again don’t call the police na daw just do something right away. I butt in and told him that we are doing our best to open the door is just that we don’t have the right material to break the window.

He also said that we have to be careful next time and he hopes that this will not happen again. After few minutes of investigation we were then asked that we can leave and just wait outside for the report. They will give us daw accident report for insurance.

Before giving the report he said that he wanted to see our son. When little A saw the police he waved his hand and said “hi” right away.

It was almost 11pm when we left Khalifa Headquarter. We are all hungry,exhausted and tired from our experience. But I must say that I have learned so many lesson talaga that night.

To all parents here’s my unsolicited advise:

  • In times like thisnever show to your child na nagpapanic kayo..stay calm as much as possible. Mahirap but this will help to lessen the tension
  • Always..ALWAYS bring your spare key.
  • Teach your child to learn how to open the door and the window.
  • Never..never let your child play the car key..
  • Never..never blame your hubby/wife sa nangyari. It will not help. Mag- aaway lang kayo!
  • Always save the emergency number on your mobile.
  • Above all, trust everything to GOD that everything will be ok..

And to you silly little boy..thank you for your braveness. For not letting mommy freaked out. For showing me how big boy you are..We love you so much anak. Sorry for putting you in danger!! Please forgive us. Next time anak, please don’t play the key,ok!! I almost died that night but you made me strong kasi ang brave mo. You never cried nor wailed. Thank you Jesus for covering my son with your precious blood. I know you sent all the angels in heaven para maprotektahan ang aming anak. Thank you so much for always guiding us..

And to other parents like us, I hope that somehow eh me napulot kayong aral sa aming kwento kasi kami madami!! hehe

Have a fab long weekend UAE!!

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Posted in Married Life

Kids News: PAZ Marketing launches Bambinoz;a new kids agency that helps brands reach mothers.

We all know how moms are so OC when it comes to our babies demands. And I can’t deny the fact that I am one of those mommies who always wanted to make sure that I am only giving the best for our son and future baby.

And because moms are empowered and knowledgeable consumers I can say that we are very important marketing demographic. A new generation moms looking for ideas and products that will help us to define ourselves while creating, entertaining and fun experience for our family.

Now here’s the good news..PAZ Marketing launches Bambinoz;a new kids agency that helps brands reach mothers.

Bambinoz is a brand new concept for the UAE that helps brands tap into the worlds of marketing for moms.

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Bambinoz offers dedicated expertise in public relations, social media, word-of-mouth communications, online marketing, events and CSR activities for brands wanting to target mothers with young charges. From top-tier media relations and buzz-generating special events to active social media community management and cause-marketing partnerships, Bambinoz makes sure that the mom demographic enjoys the spotlight.

“Conventional marketing has often had rather a blind spot when it comes to appealing to mothers. Just because a person has children doesn’t drop them off the social radar. In fact, most mothers are very active in appreciating and consuming new ideas and products. They just want brands to understand their new responsibilities and work with them to create experiences that are fun not just for them but also for their kids. This is where Bambinoz can help. We help brands craft communication and messaging that appeals to mums and their children,” said Zeina Akkawi, Managing Partner, Bambinoz.

Bambinoz’s core strength comes from its team of experts who have had years of experience in events and PR, and understand the nuances of targeting various markets. They are also familiar with the mom demographic, and understand what appeals to parents.

“Our employees hail not only from other top public relations agencies, but from key positions in the worlds of journalism, social media, online marketing — meaning we offer a combination of capabilities well beyond those of a typical PR firm. We have the expertise and, importantly, the longstanding relationships you need to create demand for your brand among moms. But most importantly, we understand that mothers aren’t just a demographic – they’re individual people with a varied range of interests and hobbies, held together by the common thread that they now have new responsibilities to include in their schedules” she added.

Bambinoz specializes in marketing kid brands, talent shows and events in the UAE and the GCC region. The firm already has a network of affiliates in Qatar and Lebanon. It helps marketers understand that the parent demographic is in fact an intuitive mix of two audiences – parents and their young children – both of whom have very different but interestingly convergent needs. Child happiness and fulfillment has a direct correlation with parent satisfaction.

“Kids are imaginative, creative, intuitive, honest and fascinating to observe, especially at play or simply conversing with their friends.They have a wonderful way of seeing and interpreting the world they live in. Their parents recognize this, and want brands to be aware of this as well. This is where Bambinoz can be an essential conduit that helps brands win over moms by keeping children interested” Zeina added.

So let Bambinoz be your first step in the greatest journey you will ever take!

For more information please contact Bambinoz:

Zeina Akkawi or Neeru Kundvani

+971 4 2980808

info@bambinoz.me

 

Posted in Family matters, Married Life, Parenting style

Destination: Purity with Julie Hiramine

Generally, Friday here  is what we call “family day.” But we can’t just miss this parenting seminar at Trader’s Hotel Deira.

“Julie Hiramine and her team at Generations of Virtue have been helping moms and dads instill character in their children for years now. Guardians of Purity combines common sense and biblical wisdom to help parents guide their kids through the choppy waters of our sex-saturated culture.”

Basically, it is a seminar to help equip us (parents) with tools to empower our children for purity in our world today. I seldom see this nowadays, and so it quite refreshing and encouraging especially for us newly parents.

During the seminar Julie emphasized that “family should be the big influence of our kids’. That building a strong relationship with our kids is the main key.In a world where behavior-modification  is so often encouraged.It is so much more convenient to be willing to talk with our children and walk through things and get into their music, and into their social media and all different things. It doesn’t mean that we accept  everything that our children are doing. We have to explain the reasons behind our “NO’s” so we have strong boundaries, but a lot of positive input.

Having good behavior is one thing; Having the right heart– a heart transformed and turned toward God, is another thing. We discipline because we want to take what is shown to us externally, to address the issues that are internal. We discipline not just to make our children do the right things, but for them to have the right heart.

The seminar is very timely since Angelo is on the stage of exploring world. Julie specifically mentioned about family devotions.I totally agreed when she mentioned this. This is one of the best ways to grow closer to God as a family. With our busy lives sometimes all we can manage is an impromptu prayer session where each member of the family shares a prayer request and we all pray together. But there are lots of other ideas are taking turns reading through a devotional book or listening to the Bible online.

Family devotion can only be 15-30 minutes of our time but anything we do to come together before the Lord as a family can be a family devotion!

We want to raise children whose hearts are turned toward God— children who would love Him with all their heart, mind, and strength. It’s important to show to our children what a healthy relationship looks like, choosing to worship God.trusting HIM to be our source, and fill our needs.

I remember the bible verse from 1 Peter 5:7 (Leave all your worries with God for HE cares for you. Most of the time we tried to shelter our children from the real world because of our fear that it may lead them into the wrong directions. But the goal of the seminar is to see more parents and children involved in each other’s lives (in a positive way)— even beyond their teenage years.To see more of the next generation rise up as a response to the mentoring and discipleship that occur in their homes. I am believing for more children who will grow up to embrace the values that their parents would teach them.

Of course, I also pray for the parents, that we will be the first ones who will lovingly guide and shepherd our children’s hearts. I pray that we will not need to shove our values down their throats, but that as we live our lives with integrity, they would want to embrace our faith and values as well. I pray that the things we love and believe in, would be a family affair— in agreement with our spouse, and owned by our children.

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Posted in Married Life

LOVE is full of SURPRISES…

How was everyone’s Valentine’s Days?

Mine was so kilig and very romantic.

I didn’t expect for any romantic surprises from hubby,since he moved to his new job he’s schedule is very tight.

Little did I know may kutchabahan na plang nagaganap. When I came home that night I was surprised with a special dinner prepared by Raquiza. Ok, to be honest I knew she’ll cook kasi night duty pa naman sia but I didn’t know that she will make an effort pa of making it extra special.

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February may be the shortest month yet this the most romantic.,right?

She made sure that I’ll come home and just chillax na lang. Yehey! I don’t need to slave myself in the kitchen..Thank you sister!! She also made a collage of hubby and I. Ang sweet!! Daming pasabog!!

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When I entered inside the room I saw another surprise on our bed. My heart skipped a bit as I came closer.

A teddy bear,rose and LV box..

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I was over the moon sa sobrang saya. Happiness! Feel na feel ko yung note. Kasi naman the last time hubby  gave me card eh ages ago pa.

Napaiyak nia din ako sa message nia dun. So when I saw the note my heart melt parang ang haba ng hair ko..hehe

I feel so loved,blessed and I am so lucky to deserve all of this gestures.

Honey, thank you for all the love and appreciation mo. Thank you for making me happy always. Thank you for always pamering me and thank you for taking seriously ang motto naten life is too short kaya we should always express and say how much we love each other. I love you to the moon and back.